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Miami adds E-Sports to list of varsity sports

Michael Stemmler, The Miami Student These athletes do not wear numbers – they have gamertags. These athletes do not practice in a gym –they spend hours sweating over a mouse and keyboard. These athletes do not play goalie, quarterback, point guard, or shortstop – they play tank, attack damage, or support. These athletes are the latest addition to Miami University’s varsity athletic program, and they are the varsity RedHawk’s E-sports teams. E-sports or “electronic sports” is simply competitive video gaming at the highest skill level possible. E-Sports does not just refer to one game but covers all areas of computer...

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From Miami to the White House: My latest visit

Terrence Moore, Guest Columnist So there I was, 43 years after living in Dennison Hall as a freshman at Miami University, standing in the East Room of the White House among the chosen media for the last official act of President Barack Obama. I still can’t believe it. Before a lively crowd in mid-January on the Monday of the King Holiday Weekend, the occasion was to honor the Chicago Cubs for winning their first World Series in 108 years. I observed it all for Sports on Earth.com, and then I wrote a column about the Cubs, the President of the United States and the many times...

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Miami University, Oxford pledge $700,000 to open Amtrak station

By Emily Williams, Managing Editor With a location, $700,000 in pledged financial support and the backing of both the City of Oxford and Miami University, Miami students and Oxford residents can look forward to boarding an Amtrak train in Oxford for the first time in decades. Miami University has matched the City of Oxford’s pledge of $350,000 toward the development of an Amtrak station at Chestnut Fields. A statement of the university’s financial commitment was sent Wednesday, Jan. 4 in a letter from Miami’s Vice President of Finance and Business Services, David Creamer, to Oxford’s mayor, Kate Rousmaniere. According to the letter, the...

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RedHawks fall 17-16 to Mississippi in St. Petersburg Bowl

By Emily Williams, Managing Editor Miami University fell to Mississippi State 16-17 this afternoon in the St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field. The ‘Hawks had a chance to pull ahead with a 37-yard field goal, but the Bulldogs blocked the kick, securing their one-point lead with five seconds on the clock. The game was Miami’s first bowl appearance since 2010 and ninth in program history. The matchup against Mississippi State was MU’s first contest against an SEC team since 2011. The RedHawks end the season 6-7 overall after starting the season 0-6. After their victory against Ball State University in...

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Dining Services adds swipe conversion, rollover

By Jake Gold, Senior Staff Writer In the face of mounting student concerns about the inflexibility of Miami’s meal plans, Dining Services has made changes that students have demanded throughout the semester, including rollover buffet swipes, extended deadline for meal plan changes and conversion of buffet swipes to dining dollars. These changes will apply to all Diplomat buffet-type meal plan holders. “These advancements are the result of valuable feedback from the student body, our great partnership with the administration, and lots of hard work,” Secretary for On-Campus Affairs James Oaks said. For students on the Diplomat Minimum plan, they will be allowed to convert 38 swipes to  declining balance, totalling $247. Students with the Diplomat Standard plan can transfer 48 swipes to $312. At the highest tier, students with Diplomat Premium plans can switch 58 swipes to $377. This conversion values a single meal swipe at $6.50, 73 cents less than a buffet meal’s average value. In order to make this conversion, students must fill out an online form emailed from the HOME office. Dining Services has also made changes to allow meal swipes from this semester to be carried over to the spring semester. Finally, the deadline for changing meal plans has been changed to the second week of class. Next semester, that’s Feb. 3. As students finish the semester, many of whom have additional meal swipes, these changes will...

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